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Green buildings 'make financial sense'
Green buildings 'make financial sense'

Thursday 29th October 2009

A growing number of businesses in Portland, Oregon, are recognising the financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings. This is according to a report from the Oregonian, which reveals that many firms looking to rent office space in the city are now seeking commercial premises with green building certification. One of Portland's most high-profile ...

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Homebase switches off lights for energy-saving initiative
Homebase switches off lights for energy-saving initiative

Wednesday 28th October 2009

UK hardware chain Homebase has adopted a simple approach to saving energy - turning off store lights whenever the sun comes out. According to the Daily Telegraph, the firm's owner Home Retail Group launched the 'switch if off' campaign 12 months ago and is asking outlets to help reduce its carbon ...

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San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'
San Diego building 'set standard for energy efficiency'

Monday 26th October 2009

Ongoing attempts to make commercial structures in San Diego, California, more energy efficient are inspired by the pioneering efforts of the city's Ridgehaven Building. This is according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which describes the three-storey, 73,000 sq ft office building as "a showcase for energy efficiency". In 1999, the Ridgehaven Building ...

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Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money
Energy-efficiency project helps 'green' grocers save money

Wednesday 21st October 2009

A new energy-saving initiative is enabling grocery stores in the state of Wisconsin to boost their earnings. According to the Journal Sentinel, the Green Grocer Program is a voluntary certification scheme devised by Better Environmental Solutions and a local utility company. To encourage businesses to adopt a greener approach, the project gives ...

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UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting
UK councils make switch to energy-saving lighting

Wednesday 21st October 2009

Local authorities in the West Midlands region of the UK are reducing their energy use by embracing new technology, it has emerged. The Express & Star reports that councils in Wolverhampton and Dudley have opted to set a green example by replacing outmoded street lights with energy-saving alternatives. In Wolverhampton, 10,000 street ...

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British pub owners receive energy-saving advice
British pub owners receive energy-saving advice

Tuesday 20th October 2009

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises (S&NPE) has urged its members to cut expenditure with the use of green lighting solutions. The public house operator, which runs over 2,000 licensed premises in partnership with business individuals throughout the UK, said that pubs currently waste between £1,500 and £5,000 a year due to ...

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Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display
Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display

Monday 19th October 2009

An engineering consultancy based in Tallahassee, Florida, has turned its headquarters into a showcase for the latest energy-saving innovations. The H2Engineering office building is the first structure in the area to be awarded Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Following a $1.62 ...

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ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'
ICT 'can make businesses more energy efficient'

Monday 19th October 2009

Businesses should view information and communications technology (ICT) as a vital tool in the energy efficiency process. This is according to Clark MacFarlane, managing director of Siemens IT Solutions and Services, who told the Daily Telegraph that ICT has the potential to make a major impact on energy-saving projects in the ...

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IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures
IT firm saves money with energy-saving measures

Friday 16th October 2009

The owner of a small IT consulting firm based in Maryland has revealed how a simple energy-saving initiative helped him to trim overhead costs and avoid making redundancies. Steve Kolbe, president and founder of Analysys, told the Wall Street Journal that installing energy-saving equipment to the company's central IT system has ...

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Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan
Michigan businesses continue with energy-saving plan

Thursday 15th October 2009

A group of firms based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have entered the second year of an energy-saving initiative designed to cut business costs. Overseen by Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the programme involves about 50 local businesses which together account for approximately 560,000 sq ft of office space in the ...

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Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres
Energy-efficient lighting installed in Connecticut health centres

Thursday 15th October 2009

Two University of Connecticut health centres will use stimulus funding to install energy-saving lighting systems, it has been announced. According to state governor M Jodi Rell, $420,000 (£259,252) will be spent on replacing outmoded light fixtures in the buildings at Farmington and West Hartford with energy-efficient fixtures and occupancy sensors. She unveiled ...

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US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures
US schools save money with energy-efficiency measures

Wednesday 14th October 2009

A school district in Minnesota has reduced its energy use by approximately 12 per cent in just under a year after placing a renewed focus on energy efficiency. Mounds View Public Schools cut $397,209 (£248,561) off its utility bills between July 2008 and June 2009 by working in partnership with the ...

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Energy-saving plans unveiled in Colorado
Energy-saving plans unveiled in Colorado

Wednesday 14th October 2009

A Colorado city plans to carry out energy audits with a view to retrofitting 1,300 of its older commercial buildings. Using a structure known as the Learning Source building as a model for the project, policymakers in Lakewood hope to slash energy consumption, reduce bills and create new jobs for the ...

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Energy-efficient buildings on the way in New Delhi
Energy-efficient buildings on the way in New Delhi

Tuesday 13th October 2009

The government of New Delhi has released details of a new plan to increase the energy-saving performance of large buildings in the Indian capital. An agreement between the local authority and research organisation The Energy and Resources Institute, which is based in the city, will aim to make 100 properties greener ...

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IT sector gets energy-efficiency targets in Europe
IT sector gets energy-efficiency targets in Europe

Monday 12th October 2009

Plans for Europe's information and communications technology (ICT) industry to become more energy efficient have been unveiled by the European Commission. The commission wants the ICT sector to become 20 per cent more energy efficient by 2015 and has recommended that ambitious targets for energy-saving are implemented by 2011. According to official ...

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Energy-saving bulbs to be distributed in Bangladesh
Energy-saving bulbs to be distributed in Bangladesh

Monday 12th October 2009

A pilot project to promote energy saving in homes and offices is set to be launched in Dhaka next year. Residents of the Bangladeshi capital will be encouraged to swap their traditional incandescent bulbs and magnetic ballasts for energy-saving alternatives, Bangladesh newspaper the Daily Star reports. According to the publication, the local ...

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US military bases recognised for energy efficiency
US military bases recognised for energy efficiency

Thursday 8th October 2009

Three US Air Force bases received Department of Energy awards for implementing effective energy-saving measures this week. Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and the Kadena Air Base in Japan were all given the Federal Energy and Water Management Award for achieving major savings in ...

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Buildings provide energy-saving opportunities, says real estate expert
Buildings provide energy-saving opportunities, says real estate expert

Thursday 8th October 2009

A property expert has explained how construction presents major opportunities for the adoption of energy-saving measures. Dan Probst, chairman of energy and sustainability services at real estate specialist Jones Lang LaSalle, said that making certain changes to building structures can lead to significant reductions in energy use. However, he also noted that ...

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Philadelphia bank launches energy-saving lighting initiative
Philadelphia bank launches energy-saving lighting initiative

Tuesday 6th October 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is aiming to cut its annual lighting bill by $200,000 (£125,420) with an energy-efficient lighting project. With 13,500 light fixtures spread across nine storeys and 800,000 square feet of office space, the building is installing a "daylight management" system that can measure the amount of ...

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South Korean city project to embrace energy-saving technology
South Korean city project to embrace energy-saving technology

Thursday 1st October 2009

New Songdo City, the "global business hub" currently being constructed near Incheon in South Korea, will make use of the latest technology to ensure high standards of energy efficiency. Properties in the city are set to be equipped with touchscreen monitors enabling residents to see exactly how much energy they are ...

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Scottish politician calls for energy-saving initiatives
Scottish politician calls for energy-saving initiatives

Thursday 1st October 2009

Iain Smith, a Liberal Democrat politician in Scotland, has urged the nation's policymakers to place a greater emphasis on energy efficiency. The member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) said that government spending on energy-saving initiatives should be increased by £100 million a year to meet growing financial and environmental challenges. According to the ...

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Global businesses 'responding to energy challenge'
Global businesses 'responding to energy challenge'

Wednesday 30th September 2009

A growing number of major corporations are recognising the need to prioritise energy-saving initiatives, new research has indicated. Results from the Pew Center's latest Energy Efficiency Study show that many large businesses realise that fuel prices will continue to increase, making energy-saving measures an increasingly important part of their daily operations. According ...

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Careful construction 'leads to energy efficiency'
Careful construction 'leads to energy efficiency'

Tuesday 29th September 2009

A construction consultant based in the Bahamas has claimed that the key to high-performance energy saving lies in intelligent building methods. Kymenski Kemp, an architectural engineer and founder of the Caribbean Greensafe company, told the Tribune that an energy-efficient property can reduce the amount of energy used in a normal building ...

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LA hotel recognised for energy-saving achievements
LA hotel recognised for energy-saving achievements

Monday 28th September 2009

The largest hotel in Los Angeles has received a special award in recognition of its environmental performance. After passing a preliminary inspection and several monthly checks, the Westin Bonaventure was granted Green Seal Silver Certification, an accolade handed out by the Washington DC-based non-profit organisation Green Seal. The hotel has implemented a ...

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California unveils major energy-efficiency investment
California unveils major energy-efficiency investment

Friday 25th September 2009

California has hailed its new programme for energy-efficiency investment as the largest in the history of the US. More than $3 billion has been earmarked by the state to comprehensively retrofit homes and introduce other measures to slash energy consumption among Californian businesses and consumers. According to the California Public Utilities Commission ...

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